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Results 1–20 of 4087 for speaker:Mr Geoffrey Rippon

Wright Court Case (16 Mar 1987)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: I warmly welcome the statement that the Government are to appeal in the Wright case. Many in the House believe that the Government are right so to do and that there is no alternative but to take that course. Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that if the operations of the secret service must remain secret, the means by which it is controlled must remain the responsibility of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: State Security (16 Mar 1987)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: Most right hon. and hon. Gentlemen will welcome what my right hon. and learned Friend has just said. Does he agree that the operations of the secret service must remain secret and that they involve a lifelong duty of trust?

Orders of the Day — Human Rights Bill (6 Feb 1987)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: Would my hon. Friend agree that judges often disagree, and in many cases a decision is taken by the House of Lords on a fair majority of one?

Orders of the Day — Human Rights Bill (6 Feb 1987)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: Does my hon. Friend agree that, whether it was right or wrong on the merits of the case, it would have been much better if a British citizen had had the right of immediate recourse to a British court so that we, too, had had the benefit of the views of a British court? Perhaps the case would have been disposed of there.

Orders of the Day — Human Rights Bill (6 Feb 1987)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: I join in the congratulations to my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Fylde (Sir E. Gardner) on using his good fortune in the ballot to propose the Bill. I especially congratulate him on the way in which he explained its provisions and its purpose with his customary skill and clarity. In the light of recent events to which the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Mr. Mitchell) referred, there...

Orders of the Day — Human Rights Bill (6 Feb 1987)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: I am sure that none of us would argue for simplicity in matters of law. Of course, difficulties arise. The fact that we face today is that we are already bound by the convention. Under international law, we are bound by it. Our lawyers largely drafted it, we were the first to ratify it and we have consistently recognised the decisions of the court. The principal effect of the Bill, as my...

Orders of the Day — Human Rights Bill (6 Feb 1987)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: In a moment. When a Bill very similar to this was debated in another place, the Lord Chancellor said: I shall vote for it on Second Reading—except that I do not think that a vote will be taken— They had no doubt in another place that a Bill of this kind should be given a Second Reading and a vote was taken. The Lord Chancellor added: and I shall give it as fair a wind as I can."...

Orders of the Day — Human Rights Bill (6 Feb 1987)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: The Bill should receive a Second Reading and I hope that the House will grant that.

Orders of the Day — Human Rights Bill (6 Feb 1987)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: No, I want to reply to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton, North (Mr. Marlow).

Orders of the Day — Human Rights Bill (6 Feb 1987)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: British judges in British courts and the European Court could state that something is contrary to the convention on human rights. That would have great force with public opinion and I hope have great force with the Government of the day and the House. However, the ultimate sovereignty of Parliament remains absolute. It can pass what law it likes and British judges would have to enforce that.

Orders of the Day — Human Rights Bill (6 Feb 1987)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: Members of Parliament have no qualifications, either.

Orders of the Day — Human Rights Bill (6 Feb 1987)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: When Lord Wade introduced his Bill, to which reference has been made, in the other place, my noble Friend the Lord Chancellor said: I shall vote for it on Second Reading."—[Official Report, House of Lords, 8 November 1979; Vol. 402, c. 1069.]

Orders of the Day — Human Rights Bill (6 Feb 1987)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: Let us do that.

Debate on the Address: First Day (12 Nov 1986)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:Most Gracious Sovereign,We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament. I...

Business of the House (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: Has my right hon. Friend's attention been drawn to the early-day motion in my name and that of many hon. Members on both sides of the House? (That this House requests Her Majesty's Government to provide parliamentary time for consideration of the Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms Bill which has completed all its stages in the House of Lords.] Will he make available time for discussion of...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (23 Apr 1986)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: As they do here.

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (23 Apr 1986)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: I welcome the Bill and the way in which it was introduced by my right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary. I must confess that I have heard some of the speeches which have been made this afternoon before. I am not surprised that my right hon. and learned Friend was right when he said that anxieties would no doubt be expressed about the concept of European union. European union...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (23 Apr 1986)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: If the Bill makes no change, there will be no need for my hon. Friend to oppose it. I said that there is no change in the Luxembourg compromise but I hope that the arrangements that were agreed in Luxembourg, for which the Bill provides the foundations, will avoid the use of blocking precedents of the kind employed by the German Government last year. The Bill puts down a marker that there...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (23 Apr 1986)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it is right that we reserve our position on animal health regulations in order to prevent such things as rabies? That is, of course, protected under the measures which the Government are proposing.

Opposition Day: City of London (12 Mar 1986)

Mr Geoffrey Rippon: This debate shows that there is growing public anxiety about what is happening in the City. Allegations of fraud and corruption may be grossly exaggerated, but I believe that the Prime Minister was right when she said at the Lord Mayor's banquet last year that the City was only as healthy as its reputation. Today we have to face the fact that a number of major scandals have undermined...


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